Politics of the Free City-State of Edenopolis
|Free City-State of Edenopolis|
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The politics of the Free City-State of Edenopolis take place within the framework of an absolute, nominally elective, though in practice dictatorial, monarchy, in which the King exercises ex officio absolute legislative and executive power. The law over succession to the throne of Edenopolis has not been set out.
The King is a hereditary position, and having overarching power over all law, the King has the power to set how the throne is succeeded.
Administration of the City-State
As with most hereditary monarchies, the executive, legislative and judicial power lies with the Crown, in this case in the office of King of Edenopolis. Nominally, the King exercises this power through agencies and departments that act on his behalf and in his name; however, given the lack of population in Edenopolis, the day-to-day matters of state are operated by the King directly.
According to the Royal Edict 2016-11-I, the King is vested with "the fullest executive and legislative power" in order to exercise the responsibility of administering to the governance of the City.
The same Edict also gives the King the power to appoint a Board of Royal Advisors, a pseudo-legislative body that has the power to advise the King on matters of state but not the power to pass legislation unilaterally; the members of this Board serve at the pleasure of the King until their removal by him, their resignation, their death or their being otherwise incapacitated. The Board is as large or as small as the King deems necessary, and is led by a Chief Executive, who is elected by the public once population numbers allow for it and at the discretion of the King.
|King||Horatio Eden||5 November 2016|
|Royal High Ambassador||Horatio Eden||5 November 2016|
|Royal Police Commissioner||Horatio Eden||5 November 2016|
|Royal Commissioner of the Imperial Halls of Justice||Horatio Eden||5 November 2016|
The King is ex officio sovereign of the City-State. While he delegates executive authority in certain matters to executive officers such as the Royal High Ambassador in the case of foreign policy, generally speaking, significant executive decisions must be approved by the Crown before they can take place.
Edenopolis maintains direct diplomatic relations with other states. Its foreign relations are managed nominally by the Royal High Ambassador and in practice by the King.
At this time, the only legislative body in Edenopolis is the Board of Royal Advisors, which is an advisory, unicameral legislative body with the power to draft acts - known as Resolutions - for the King's approval.
Edenopolis bases its judicial system on the common law system of the United Kingdom. The Imperial Halls of Justice are the City's supreme court and final court of appeal, but they do not have the power of judicial review as the ultimate power of legislation is vested in the Crown rather than a single constitutional document.
Edenopolis lacks a prison system; however, none is in the pipeline due to the crime rate of 0% within its territory. Furthermore, practically speaking, cases of a criminal or civil nature within its territory are, by and large, handled by the authorities of the United Kingdom.